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Morecambe 0-1 Rotherham United

A stunning 40-yard goal from Michael Smith earned Rotherham a 1-0 victory over League One newcomers Morecambe.

The striker scored with a superb dipping effort on the hour to earn his side a battling three points.

Richard Wood went close to making it 2-0 the visitors when he poked a close-range effort wide of the target and Kieran Sadlier saw an 88th-minute shot tipped onto the crossbar by Jokull Andresson.

Morecambe's best moment came on 20 minutes when the experienced Toumani Diagouraga turned smartly in the box and curled an effort inches wide of the left-hand post.

Michael Ihiekwe then denied Josh McPake a free run on goal with a superb covering tackle before Rotherham ended the first half on top with Smith forcing Andresson into two decent saves with goal-bound efforts.

The home side ended the game strongly with Alfie McCalmont and Wes McDonald firing efforts wide but Rotherham defended resolutely as Morecambe suffered their first defeat of the season.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Morecambe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 20AndréssonBooked at 22mins
  • 2Mellor
  • 5Lavelle
  • 4O'Connor
  • 21CooneyBooked at 90mins
  • 19McLoughlinSubstituted forPhillipsat 66'minutes
  • 8Diagouraga
  • 25McCalmont
  • 24GnahouaSubstituted forMcDonaldat 68'minutes
  • 9Stockton
  • 11McPakeSubstituted forHarrisonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Jones
  • 7McDonald
  • 16Mensah
  • 18Phillips
  • 26Pye
  • 27Harrison
  • 31Wootton

Rotherham

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Johansson
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 23Edmonds-GreenSubstituted forWoodat 45'minutes
  • 2Harding
  • 18Rathbone
  • 11Ogbene
  • 16Lindsay
  • 8Wiles
  • 17FergusonSubstituted forMattockat 72'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 24SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 19KayodeSubstituted forSadlierat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 4Barlaser
  • 6Wood
  • 7Sadlier
  • 14Miller
  • 22Odoffin
  • 30Chapman
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
4,004

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morecambe 0, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morecambe 0, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United).

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Wesley McDonald.

  5. Post update

    Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Morecambe).

  7. Booking

    Michael Smith (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    Ryan Cooney (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Wesley McDonald.

  10. Post update

    Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Alfie McCalmont (Morecambe).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Wesley McDonald.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Alfie McCalmont.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kieran Sadlier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chiedozie Ogbene.

  15. Booking

    Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

  17. Post update

    Kelvin Mellor (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wesley McDonald (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Cooney.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alfie McCalmont (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelvin Mellor.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Cooney (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wesley McDonald.

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